Israel pushes Palestinians south, Netanyahu avoids stopover in Europe for fear of ICC arrest warrant (war, day 280)

This Tuesday, leaflets fell again from the sky of Gaza City with a new evacuation order for all neighborhoods in that Palestinian territory, where hundreds of thousands of people lived until now. Israeli forces called on civilians to move south, using “security corridors” to reach shelters located in Deir el-Balah and Az Zawayda, according to the text reproduced by AFP.

“Gaza City continues to be a dangerous combat zone,” warned the Israeli army’s spokesman for Arab media, Avichay Adraee, in a post on the X social network.

Israel justified the need for the inhabitants of the largest city of Gaza to leave with the persecution it says it is carrying out against elements of Hamas, who will be regrouping in areas of this territory that had been hit at the beginning of the war, according to Lusa.

Israeli troops had issued the first formal evacuation order from part of this territory on June 27, when they began to reinforce ground operations in the city, particularly in the eastern neighborhood of Shujayea, contextualizes to Al Jazeera. Two more were issued in the following days.

At the beginning of the week, Israeli tanks also began to advance in the western and central areas of Gaza City, with attacks on structures such as refugee camps, schools converted into shelters and installations multiplying. UNRWA (UN agency for Palestinian refugees).

Palestinians run over each other trying to receive food, in Deir al-Balah, in the Gaza Strip

Ali Jadallah / Anadolu / Getty Images

Deir al-Balah, in the center of the Gaza Strip, one of the locations described as safe by Israeli forces in pamphlets, had already been highlighted as an alternative for Gaza City residents in an evacuation order. issued on Monday. But it ended up being bombed several times that night, according to Lusa.

The Gaza Interior Ministry has urged residents of Gaza City not to obey Israeli evacuation orders, arguing that so-called “safe corridors†are actually “safe corridors†of death,” he wrote to Al Jazeera. Alternatively, he advised civilians to flee to nearby areas instead of heading south.

Also this Tuesday it was revealed that the Israeli Prime Minister changed his travel plans to the USA, where he will be speaking in front of Congress on July 24th. According to the Israel Broadcasting Authority, Benjamin Netanyahu intended to make a stop in a European country friendly to Tel Aviv, such as Hungary or Czechia, as his plane could not make a transatlantic flight. ¢nic with so many passengers.

However, the head of the Israeli Government chose to travel with a smaller delegation instead of making the aforementioned stopover due to the possibility of issuing the arrest warrant requested by the International Criminal Court (ICC). If it were approved, the 124 countries that make up that court would be obliged to comply with it and arrest Netanyahu if he entered their territory.

Other news that marked the day:

⇒ Israel “eliminated or injured 60%†of Hamas fighters, the Israeli Defense Minister said this Wednesday in a speech before the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament. “There have been many successes,†declared Yoav Gallant, adding that “the entire security apparatus is determined to fulfill the objectives of the war,†such as eradicating Hamas and freeing the hostages, 42 of whom have already died. , remembers Lusa.

⇒ Benjamin Netanyahu said, this Wednesday, that he remains committed to a ceasefire agreement in Gaza, which allows for the release of hostages and truce between the parties, “as long as the red lines of Israel are respected,†reported the ‘Times of Israel’ newspaper, citing the prime minister’s office. The statements were made during a meeting between the head of the Israeli Government and the White House envoy for the Middle East, Brett McGurk.

⇒ An Israeli delegation, headed by the head of the secret services David Barnea, left this Wednesday for Doha, in Qatar, for four days of negotiations related to an agreement to cease- fire in Gaza, reported the Israeli newspaper ‘Haaretz’.


Francesco Giganti

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